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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 2, 2009 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any Scientologists around here?

Ha! Yep, BD, SDH and I have to submit/admit to being members of the "sports is religion" community of misfits...Dire too no doubt, but he roots for the PATS (who SUCK!), so we'll leave him out of it for now...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 2, 2009 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

... he said despairingly.

Actually basketball and ice hockey I can watch and enjoy, but (American) football and baseball don't make a lot of sense to me. Guess I need to sit through a game with someone knowledgeable who can do me a play-by-play.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 3, 2009 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

I prefer Cricket to any other sport. Try finding broadcasts in the U.S. though... ha! :( I did hear about the long-awaited win at The Ashes though...

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 3, 2009 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

Sprinting in from Third Man to gather SDH's miscued (Dead)hook. I've been mad about cricket since I was a kid going to watch Kent CCC with my Dad and his brothers (the early days of Knott and Underwood).

Usually get to some days of Test matches, but not this year as a result of Edgbaston reducing the number of tickets individuals can buy. Saw the Aussies against England A at Worcester, but it was too much of a friendly. Equally happy watching a Sunday afternoon game though.

Is that enough ? I'm off to listen to Roy Harper's magnificent 'When an old cricketer leaves the crease' followed by 'Soul Limbo'.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 3, 2009 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

I think the sole reason that baseball was "invented" here was to come up with a sport with more rules than cricket. We'll show them Royalists! I mean, does cricket have anything close to a balk or the infield fly rule (look it up, tea-bagger)?
Then, of course, football came along and just blew 'em all out of the water.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 3, 2009 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

I like the fact that when the NFL played a game in London a few years back that many over there thought that the "breaks" between plays was for the sole purpose of showing TV commercials.


...and I still think India was wrong to cancel their tour in Australia (but what do I know)

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 3, 2009 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

All is explained ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJCqECUmx44&;feature=related

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 3, 2009 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

On one of my trips to London I was invited to watch day 2 of a test between England and Pakistan (before their coach was murdered). I spent the day at Lord's with some club members and even got into the members box at one point. It took a while to catch on to what was going on and what the strategies were, but by the end of the day i knew what an LBW was and why it was bad. England had a great day, although the test ended in draw. I find it hard to accept that a 5 day match of anything can end in a tie. Just doesn't seem proper or maybe it was too proper. Regardless the night before my flight back to the States I found myself in a hotel bar near the airport and I was watching one of those crazy tests from the Bahamas. Some other Yanks were there and apparently noticed that I seemed to be paying attention so they asked me to explain the game. In the lab we call it, "see one, do one, teach one."

Now the real spectacle at Lord's was the tremendous alcohol consumption. That was harder to comprehend than the sport.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 3, 2009 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

It's very hard to explain to a cricketing non-believer just how it can be possible to hold a sporting contest over five days and still not determine a winner. But, as snori I'm sure would agree, seeing one team, with no chance of victory themselves dig in to play for a draw and frustrate the other team's chances can be pretty nailbiting.

And yes, we are prone to put away heroic quantities of alcohol at the slightest provocation. And that's why we're running close to 9000 alcohol-related deaths a year in this country. (Said the man with the gin and tonic...)

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 3, 2009 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

If it were not for the copious amounts of alcohol consumed (Guilty) there would have been an epidemic of cardiac arrests at Cardiff on Day 5 of the First Test this year. (Anderson and Panesar).

I'm hoping for tickets for the Australia V Pakistan games being played here next summer.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Nov 23, 2010 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

LOL 00 the skinnies! 00

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 3, 2009 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

"...with someone knowledgeable who can do me..."

C'mon, Rob. That one is just too easy. Even for me.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 3, 2009 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

Why, SDH, did I say something wrong? Isn't play-by-play what you sportsboys call it? Or is it ball-by ball?

:-)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 3, 2009 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

I think it best if we just leave the balls out of it.

And speaking of cricket, this may be my favorite name for a sports themed webiste:
http://wowbagger.blog.co.uk/tags/cricket/

Wowbagger The Infinitely Prolonged my be the best character produced by English literature in the past 50 years.


This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2009-11-03 14:37:23

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 3, 2009 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

"I reserve the absolute privilege to be right, wrong, misinformed, arbitrary, imbecilic and inarticulate. And anyone who chooses to read my blog has the right to tell me I am any or all of the above and I have the right not to give a fuck, but you never know, I just might?"

Substitute 'posts' for blog - and that would cover most of what goes on here.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 3, 2009 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: any cricket fans around here?

Oh, isn't that the truth.

I think the word "blog" (I hesitate to call it a word, but I have long given up on the hope that the English language can be saved) can best be summed up by that fine gentlemen's statement, regardless of the site's theme. Kudos to him.